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Chichester man’s potential boat jump spinal injury

13th September 2013

The man, who was with a friend on Lake Winnisquam, Sanbornton, America, apparently jumped from the vessel in order to help guide it to a well-known sandbar.

However, he had not realised that the water depth varied from around four meters to under a meter in that area. This led to him mis-judging the water’s depth and sustaining a potential back injury as he hit the lake bed.

The force with which his feet hit the bottom caused his extremities to go numb. Those that witnessed the accident came to his aid, helping him keep afloat and conscious until the Marine Patrol and Sanbornton Fire and Rescue arrived.

He was carefully lifted into a rescue boat and taken to an ambulance which had been parked outside of the lake’s Marina. From there he was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital. An ambulance was on standby to fly him to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in case medical professionals found that he had damaged his spine.

None of the authorities have released further information about this potential spinal injury case, simply stating that the man’s family has been contacted.

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